List of Public Holidays in UAE 2023

Holidays are one of the most awaited time of the year. Whether you are a student or a full-time employee, everyone looks up the calendar to plan for the coming holiday season. Especially in a country like the UAE, where there are thousands of people working in big organizations, the holiday season becomes even more special. 

However, as special as UAE public holidays are for the employees, it is equally important for the HRs. As a Human resources head, you are responsible for creating company leave policies according to the National holidays announced. Therefore, it is crucial to check the holiday calendar released by the government. To simplify your task, we have curated a list of public holidays in UAE for the year 2023. Read the blog to know all about the national holidays in uae. 

Public Holidays in UAE (2023) 

The UAE has always been one of the most popular cities around the world. Islam is the official religion followed by more than 90% of the people in the UAE. Therefore, most public holidays are based on Islamic culture and tradition. The UAE public holidays follows the Hijri calendar as the reference for determining important religious occasions such as Ramadan, Eid, and Hajj. Whether you are an employee planning for a vacation with family or an HR looking to set up company leave policies, our guide to 2023 public holidays in UAE will surely prove helpful to you. 

Date Weekday Holiday 
Jan 1 SundayNew Year’s Day 
Feb 18 Saturday  Israa & Miaraj Night 
April 20- 23 Thursday- Sunday Eid Al Fitr 
Jun 27 Tuesday Arafat Day 
Jun 28-30 Wednesday – Friday Eid Al Adha
Jul 21 Friday Islamic New Year 
Sep 29 Friday Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday 
Dec 1 Friday Commemoration Day 
Dec 2-3 Saturday – Sunday UAE National Day 

Here are the details of UAE Public Holiday 2023: 

New Year’s Day (Jan 1) 

January 1 is a public holiday in UAE for both private and public sector employees. However, this year the holidays fall on Sunday, so there is no additional day off for the employee. 

Leilat al-Meiraj –  The Prophet’s Ascension Day 

Leilat al-Meiraj is an Islamic holiday celebrated to mark the night Allah took Prophet Muhammad on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and then to heaven. This holiday is celebrated according to the Hijiri calendar every year on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. 

Eid Al Fitr (April 20-23) 

Eid Al Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. On this occasion, people attend communal prayers and give Zakat al-Fitr (food in the form of charity). The holiday is celebrated as per the Islamic Hijri calendar, which is from 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal 1443. In 2023, these dates correspond to April 20 to 23. So, the employees can enjoy the four-day national holiday in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr. 

Arafat Day (June 27)

The next big public holiday is on the occasion of Arafat Day, which marks the second day of Haj, or the pilgrimage. Arafat takes place roughly 70 days after Ramadan’s end and marks a long weekend’s start. In 2023, the Arafat holidays are expected to fall on Tuesday, June 27. 

Eid Al Adha (June 28-30) 

Eid Al Adha is celebrated after Arafat Day, marking the conclusion of the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is one of the two holiest holidays celebrated in Islam. Eid Al Adha is celebrated in honour of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son at Allah’s command. Animals are sacrificed on this day as the feast of sacrifice. The family eats one-third of the meat, and the remaining is donated to the less fortunate. 

The Eid Al Adha holiday falls on the Hijri calendar dates Dhuj Hijjah 10 to 12, which corresponds to Wednesday, June 28 to 30. Paired with the Arafat Day holiday, employees with Saturday off can enjoy a six-day long weekend holiday. 

Hijri New Year (July 21)

Hijri New Year marks the beginning of the new Islamic year 1444. It falls on Friday, July 21, 2023, so if you have Saturday off, you can get a three-day long weekend. 

Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday (29 September) 

The Prophet Mohammad’s birthday is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In the United Arab Emirates, this day is a national holiday. In 2023, it falls on September 29, so employees with Saturday off can get 3-day holidays. 

Commemoration Day and UAE National Day (December 1-3) 

Finally, the public holidays in UAE end in December, with Commemoration day and National day falling on December 1, 2 and 3, respectively. 

On December 1, Commemoration Day is a public holiday to salute the martyrdom of Emirates heroes who lost their lives defending the nation’s sovereignty. 

After Commemoration Day, UAE celebrates National Day on December 2 and 3. On this day, the nation celebrates its independence from the British by hosting a number of cultural festivals and dances. 

Summing Up 

So these are the public holidays in UAE 2023. Whether you are an employee working in a fast-paced startup or a multinational company, public holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with your friends and family. 

All the public holidays mentioned in this blog are applicable to all the employees and residents of the United Arab Emirates. So, if you are looking to plan a vacation with your family, there is no need to look at your calendar. Furthermore, If you are an HR looking to simplify their leaves and attendance management process, you can rely upon Zimyo. 

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